Our Mission: Ripon College prepares students of diverse interests for lives of productive, socially responsible citizenship. Our liberal arts curriculum and residential campus create an intimate learning community in which students experience a richly personalized education.
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Ripon at a Glance

Ripon College, established in 1851, is Wisconsin’s best-value private college and a national leader in innovative liberal arts education. Within six months of graduation, 98 percent of alumni are employed, in graduate school or student-teaching. After 10 years, Ripon graduates are the highest earners among all Wisconsin colleges and universities.

The College offers more than 80 areas of study along with unique pre-professional programs that provide qualified students preferred and early admission into graduate programs, and in some cases, a fast-track to earning professional degrees sooner.

Ripon is a member of the prestigious Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). The College competes athletically as part of the Midwest Conference and offers 21 NCAA Division III varsity teams.

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Academics Overview

Much like Christian (seen in the video), you can find success beyond the classroom once you choose your path at Ripon College. You’re able to take advantage of over 80 majors, minors and pre-professional course plans along with our four-year graduation guarantee. That means you’ll finish on time, and the classes you need to complete your degree will be available for you when you need them, pending you remain in good academic standing, declare a major course of study by the end of sophomore year, and follow an approved course plan.

The College’s academic year is comprised of two semesters and an optional three-week session, Liberal Arts In Focus. For most In Focus programs, participants will spend a week on campus in intensive study and preparation, followed by two weeks of travel to locations around the U.S. or destinations overseas.

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Catalyst Curriculum

Ripon College’s five-course Catalyst curriculum rigorously develops the 21st-century skills that employers seek while streamlining the path to graduation. Catalyst ensures students are able to complete multiple majors and minors, experiential study and hold internships in four years. Students enjoy extensive freedom to pursue their passions and craft their own academic program of study.

Catalyst consists of five seminars, two in the first year, two in the sophomore year, and the applied innovation seminar in the junior year.

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Career & Professional Development

FLASH internships offer students a taste of professional internships by pairing them with mentors in selected businesses for an intensive, three-day, project-based experience.

Students offer their problem-solving skills to a company or organization and gain experience with networking, skill development and acclimating to professional settings without a long-term commitment. The program is sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development.

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Residence Life
Senior Apartments
Residence Life
The Quads
Residence Life
Brockway Hall
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Johnson Hall - Interior
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Residence Life

Over 90 percent of Ripon students live on campus, with housing options including double and single rooms, suites and apartments for upperclassmen. All residence halls (visible on the slideshow) are smoke-free.

Students of all walks of life connect through classes, organizations, and living and eating together. The residential experience is integral to life at Ripon College. Some of your finest teachers will be fellow students, with whom you will form lifelong friendships, learn tolerance of personal differences and develop character and leadership skills.

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Student Activities

From pre-professional programs to paintballing, Ripon College hosts more than 60 student-run clubs and organizations. Students at Ripon are encouraged to lead the programs, supported by the Student Senate’s activity fee.

This allows students to collaborate together in conceiving, organizing, marketing and developing unique activities.

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Diversity and Inclusion

No matter who you are or where you’re from, we’re confident that you’ll find your place at Ripon College. While some students may be more “Wisconsin” than others (which you can see in the video), our goal is to make everyone feel at home when they’re on campus.

Ripon College values diversity as it is the foundation on which a liberal arts education is built. We promote multiculturalism by providing a welcoming atmosphere that encourages social activism and inclusivity while providing the tools necessary to mold culturally competent leaders.

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Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Ripon College has enjoyed a tradition of excellence in the fine arts dating back to the early 1900s, including acting legends Spencer Tracy ’24, Harrison Ford ’64 and Frances Lee McCain ’66; award-winning musicians Al Jarreau ’62 and Gail Dobish ’76; and award winning “Titanic” sound editor Tom Bellfort ’67. Many other Ripon alumni have gone on to play major roles in the entertainment and art industries.

Perhaps our greatest strength is our size, which creates a world of opportunity for anyone who is interested, regardless of major.

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Athletics Overview

Ripon competes athletically as part of the Midwest Conference and boasts 21 NCAA Division III varsity teams: baseball (M), basketball (M+W), cycling (M+W), cross country (M+W), dance (W), football (M), softball (W), soccer (M+W), swimming and diving (M+W), tennis (M+W), indoor and outdoor track and field (M+W), volleyball (W).

Approximately 37 percent of enrolled students participate in varsity athletics at Ripon. The Ripon College football program first took the field against Lawrence University in 1893 (Ripon won 24-6) to begin what is believed to be the oldest football rivalry in the state of Wisconsin.

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Willmore Center

Willmore Center is the main health and wellness facility on campus and houses the athletics and exercise science departments. Named for alumna and Honorary Life Trustee Dena G. Willmore, the center opened in August 2017 after a $22 million renovation and expansion.

Located on the corner of Union and Thorne streets, Willmore Center houses the Kermit “Doc” Weiske ’50 Gymnasium and the John M. Kohler Swimming Pool. Weiske was Ripon’s first All-Conference basketball player, earning First Team honors three times from 1948-50. He went on to become Ripon’s head men’s basketball coach for 16 years, winning five Midwest Conference championships and compiling a career record of 203-148. Kohler had been a trustee and benefactor of the College. He was active in the Forward Thrust Campaign, which provided funds to build the athletics structure that later was expanded into Willmore Center.

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Meet Some Student-Athletes
Inesha Wiseman | Biology Major
Meet Some Student-Athletes
Brian Brown | Educational Studies Major
Meet Some Student-Athletes
Cierra Boutelle | Exercise Science/Athletic Training Major
Meet Some Student-Athletes
Ryan Steffes | Business Management Major
Meet Some Student-Athletes
Brennah Bronk | Psychology Major
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Meet Some Student-Athletes

At Ripon College, excellence is the norm, not the exception. Our student-athletes, like the ones pictured, understand the value of Ripon’s co-curricular philosophy, which emphasizes athletics as an important piece of the educational experience.

They make the most of the opportunities provided to help them succeed in the classroom and on the courts, on the fields, in the pool and on the trails and tracks.

Why our pictured student-athletes chose Ripon College

Inesha Wiseman | “I chose Ripon College because I loved the idea of what D3 represents. To me it represents me being a student first, then an athlete. As a pre-med undergraduate student, I want my education to always be first, but I also love the freedom of pursuing my other passions, such as volleyball. Ripon College coaches truly care about how their players are on and off the court, and always make sure we are working just as hard on the court and in the classroom!”

Brian Brown | “I chose Ripon College because of the ability to continue my athletic career at a school that also valued their academics. Ripon makes you feel like a person rather than a number. I also chose Ripon because of the baseball program and its winnings tradition.”

Cierra Boutelle | “I chose Ripon College for Athletics And Academics because I knew I would have the opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills in the pool and in the classroom. One of the biggest reasons I chose Ripon was because of how small it was. I loved the idea of having my name attached to my face rather than just be a number. Ripon has given me so many opportunities to grow and be pushed out of my comfort zone.”

Ryan Steffes | “I chose Ripon because of the great opportunities that it presented me academically and athletically. The small class sizes give me the opportunity to get to know my professors and how to properly succeed in classes. Along with this, the catalyst program grants me the opportunity to succeed in my future after college. Athletically, Ripon has a great history of players and as a program. Along with this, the coaching staff has made me feel comfortable from the moment I stepped on campus. That is why I chose Ripon.”

Brennah Bronk | “What really caught my attention about Ripon academically was the fact that the professors and the rest of the staff seem to genuinely care about your success and want you to flourish in and beyond your college years. Athletically, the Willmore center was what attracted me to the college because it is so nice and is one of the best gyms I’ve seen/used.”

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Why D3?

Why D3?

Student-athletes come to Ripon College for a personalized liberal arts and sciences education and play their sport for the love of the game, not for the money. As a Division III NCAA school, none of our student-athletes are on scholarship because of their athletic abilities. Still, many of them have earned scholarships as a result of their success in the classroom; and 100 percent of them receive financial aid to attend Ripon.

Division III student-athletes, like ours at Ripon, have the highest graduation rates of the NCAA’s three divisions, and they regularly outpace non-athletes in the completion of degrees. Ripon believes athletics are an integral part of our students’ educational experience. That is why athletics at Ripon are referred to as co-curricular — not extracurricular — activities.

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The Ripon campus spans 250 tree-lined acres and includes 26 buildings — 10 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A sustainable campus, Ripon is home to the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy, consisting of 130 acres of native prairie, oak savanna and wetland habitat in the making.

The College is located in the historic city of Ripon, Wisconsin — a friendly, safe community of 7,733 people, 80 miles northwest of Milwaukee, 70 miles southwest of Green Bay, 73 miles northeast of Madison, 180 miles northwest of Chicago and 255 southeast of the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

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300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI 54971
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